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Breeders’ Cup Trainers Discuss Small But Select Distaff Field

In a teleconference following Wednesday’s release of Breeders’ Cup pre-entries, trainers Bill Mott, Richard Mandella, Todd Pletcher, and Bob Baffert agreed that this year’s Distaff could rival the Classic in terms of challenging fields. “I think there’s some very good fillies in there. If you remember last year it was nearly the same,” said Bill […]

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Local Officials Oppose Revision of Northern California Race Dates

Sonoma County lawmakers are butting heads with the California Horse Racing Board as the board tries to plan racing dates for the northern part of the state for next year. The Board is considering a plan that would give Alameda County, Sonoma County, and the state fair three weeks of racing next summer–more than any […]

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Pop Quiz Brought to You by Ky-Bred Quality: Michelle Nihei

Michelle Nihei is a trainer who took a somewhat unconventional path to the racetrack. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Saskatchewan and got her Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky, followed by postdoctorate work and teaching in environmental science, neuroscience, and pediatrics at Johns Hopkins. A lifelong rider, she realized […]

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Jockey Franklin Injured in Spill at Indiana Downs

Jockey Malcolm Franklin is recovering from injuries sustained in a spill in Friday’s seventh race at Indiana Downs, according to a post on the jockey’s Facebook page. Franklin was aboard even-money favorite Coffee Dance when the filly took an awkward step in midstretch and fell. Franklin had broken his leg above the knee and said […]

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Rider Castillo Recovering After Surgery

Jockey Oliver Castillo, who was injured in a spill on Saturday’s Monmouth at Meadowlands card, is resting comfortably at home following surgery to fuse his C6 and C7 vertebrae. Castillo fell from his mount Dutyhonorcountry when the horse clipped heels with rival Neva Masquarade, fracturing Castillo’s lower leg and tearing ligaments in his neck. Joe […]

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Three Chimneys Presents Good News Friday: Finding Hay While the Sun Shines

Nieema Thasing wasn’t about to let anything, including the government shutdown, rain on her parade. “I want to be able to be a ray of sunshine,” she said. “If it’s too much sunshine, then I can get you a pair of sunglasses. I do the best that I can with what I have.” Thasing is […]

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Lab: State Administration of Lasix Working in Kentucky

Since Kentucky regulators took over the administration of race-day Lasix in October of last year, scientists at the state’s official testing laboratory say the change in regulation appears to be doing its job. Although the rule change initially resulted in errors, adjustments in the administration procedures seemed to improve the process. Dr. Rick Sams, director of […]

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Jockey Castillo Injured in Spill at Meadowlands

Jockey Oliver Castillo was preparing for surgery on Sunday afternoon after a spill in the third race of the Monmouth at Meadowlands meet on Saturday. Castillo was aboard Dutyhonorcountry, who appeared to clip heels with Neva Masquarade when the latter pulled up. According to Joe Pagliei, agent for Castillo, the rider was in Hackensack University […]

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Pop Quiz Brought to You By Ky-Bred Quality: Case Clay

Case Clay is the president of Three Chimneys Farm in Lexington, Ky. He holds a degree in economics from DePauw University and completed a year at the Irish National Stud and Arrowfield Stud in Australia before taking over as president of Three Chimneys in 2004. He also has experience working at Arlington Park, Ernst & […]

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Three Chimneys Presents Good News Friday: From Racehorses to Cow Horses

At this weekend’s Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium in Baltimore, Md., 26 trainers and their off-track Thoroughbreds will showcase their talents after a summer’s work toward a new career. Many of the horses, all of whom are part of the Retired Racehorse Training Project, are hunters, jumpers, eventers, or dressage prospects. Many have hit the […]

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